This one has a history. Tom Bay, Sr. and Floyd Farley (BHNC #2) were stalwarts of the Bust Half Nut Club in the 1970s and 1980s. They resided in Oklahoma. Floyd came to Tom’s home one day to look at Tom’s collection. For Floyd it was a day of enlightenment. It had been Floyd’s practice to dip and wipe his bust halves. “I want to SEE the coin,” he explained. Tom preferred to store his wares in kraft envelopes. Over time they acquired the toning seen on the current offering. Floyd was impressed. He wasted no time in acquiring a box of kraft envelopes. Tom sold this 1822 to Floyd in May 1976. When Floyd found a mint state example of the marriage the Bay coin became available. Tim was at the ready. He purchased it from Floyd (who had moved to Sedona, AZ) in October 1992. The coin is pretty as the day Tom Bay passed it to Floyd Farley. Soft luster radiates through the fields, brightening the gossamer blanket of golden kraft toning.
Estimate: $1,200 to $1,500
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